Discover lush landscapes and vibrant cities
There’s more to the Netherlands than windmills, clogs, canals and coffee shops. Visit Rotterdam to see some of Europe’s most bizarre modernist architecture. Or Maastricht, the oldest city in the country, full of underground caves and medieval squares. There’s never been a better time to go Dutch.
Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations; people visit the city for its vibrant energy and many intriguing faces. There’s a wealth of culture available in the city’s numerous fine museums. And the historic, quiet canals lined with charming gabled houses are a delight to explore – on foot or by boat. Lively street markets vie for trade with fashionable shops, while over 30 parks provide a welcome retreat from all the activity. Plus of course there’s the amazing variety of nightlife on offer; from sophisticated restaurants right through to the steamier side of life in the red light district.
Rotterdam is known for its ambitious modern architecture, giving it a unique look and a dynamic feel. You can survey it all from the Euromast Tower and even enjoy lunch or dinner at its panoramic restaurant. A very diverse city, there’s a wealth of culture and entertainment to be had. Don’t leave before checking out the Cube Houses, the Erasmus Bridge and the Kunsthal Museum.
The Hague (Den Haag, in Dutch) is the seat of the Netherlands government. And it’s got plenty to keep the demanding traveller amused. Many of its attractions and impressive buildings are clustered around the central Plein (‘Square’), where you can also enjoy a spot of people - or even politician - watching at one of the buzzing pavement cafés. Greener and more spacious than other cities in the country, The Hague also has 2 beach resorts with attractions all of their own.
Utrecht is one of its oldest cities in the Netherlands, yet there’s a youthful spirit to the place thanks partly to having more students than anywhere else in the country. Stroll around the medieval inner city, with its canals and cellars by the wharves, old churches and the Dom tower, to see one side of the Utrecht story. To see another, join in with one of the many music, film or artistic happenings always underway.
Possibly the oldest city in the Netherlands, Maastricht will offer you an incredible variety of experiences. Delightful squares, medieval buildings and underground caves evoke its rich history. Hip cafés, fabulous shopping and all-year-round festivities show its exciting culture. It’s easy to explore on foot, too, with a compact, largely pedestrian-only centre. Head out to "Three Land Point" in the beautiful South Limburg countryside and you can stand in the place where Holland, Germany and Belgium meet.
From a tiny town established in 1232, Eindhoven has grown to become the fifth largest city in the Netherlands. Global electronics firm Philips can take much of the credit for its expansion. The firm was founded in the city and many buildings still bear its name. But the city’s not all about industry – there’s a thriving cultural and social scene, with world-class museums and concert halls, plus a dizzying choice of nightlife.
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